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Originally from the shores of Georgian Bay, I grew up with a connection to water, but my specific interest in the ocean and its creatures was sparked at a young age after a family trip to the Maritimes (Mi'kma'ki). Post-secondary studies led me back to the Atlantic coast, where I completed a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Marine Biology and Oceanography at Dalhousie University, and then on to the Redpath Museum in Montreal, where I earned a M.Sc. in Biology from McGill University. After returning to Atlantic Canada (and solidifying my status as a Maritimer-by-choice!), I spent 5 years combining my background in science research with my passion for community engagement in my work at the Canadian Sea Turtle Network. During this time, I also completed a research contract with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and held leadership roles on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Network for Ocean Education. Extensive time spent learning from and working with coastal communities inspired me to pursue new research interests and I am now conducting doctoral research in fisheries science at Dalhousie University. I am grateful to have the opportunity to combine my deep love of the ocean and its creatures with my concern and care for fishing heritage, rural economic development, and relationships between humans and the natural world. Outside of work, you can find me hiking along the coast, or elbow-deep in a knitting or sewing project.

Please download my current CV for a complete history of my professional experiences and achievements.

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